Bas-Saint-Laurent, Quebec: destruction of drilling rigs for gas and oil
[The oil company Squatex Energy and Resources, associated with Petrolympic, had already drilled in the fall of 2014 “to measure the potential of oil and gas exploitation” located 800 to 1800 meters down (estimated at a total equivalent of 61.1 million barrels). After its initial stock market listing in April 2017 and having obtained an operating license for 656,093 hectares in the region, Squatex had announced resumption of its exploratory work this summer, drilling on a dozen sites in La Redemption and Sainte-Jeanne-d’Arc in La Mitis. Apparently, this did not please everyone.]
Squatex equipment burned in Sainte-Jeanne-d’Arc
Radio Canada, July 14, 2017 at 10:59 pm
Heavy equipment of the Squatex company succumbed to flames during the night from Thursday to Friday at Sainte-Jeanne-d’Arc.
The company has already drilled in the area. The equipment was located outside on a piece of land.
Emergency services were sent to the scene of a fire at around 8:30 on Friday. The fire, which is now under control, is considered suspicious by the police.
It would have started during the night. An investigator and a fire scene technician were called to the scene.
The SQ estimates the cost of damage as tens of thousands of dollars.